Child Custody addresses the physical possession of a child, where that child will live and appoints the primary decision-making legal guardian for a child. It is the presumption of Wisconsin law that joint legal custody is the best option when it comes to the interests of a child affected by divorce. Joint legal custody is the default option for courts unless it is found that legal custody awarded to a particular parent would be detrimental to the child.
When awarding joint custody, a court may identify the kinds of decisions it considers to be important or major decisions. The court may segregate responsibilities between parents and assign each separate duties of child care. Parents may also be asked to mutually agree on all decisions they make about their child's upbringing.